Scarlet; Marissa Meyer

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After reading the first book in The Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder,  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Scarlet.  While it took me just over a week to finish, I read it in about three sittings, and it was really hard to put down.  As this is a sequel I must disclose that there may be spoilers referring to the first book throughout.

[The Plot]: Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

I anticipated this book so much after reading Cinder, and had to resist picking it up straight after putting Cinder down.  I am glad I left a little gap between reading them, but now I’m itching to get my hands on Cress.

In the second instalment of The Lunar Chronicles, we follow Scarlet as she is looking for her missing grandmother.  The police have given up in the search and written it off as a run-away, and the community Scarlet lives in follow suit.  People just see her as the grand daughter of a crazy old lady who has run away, and if it weren’t for Scarlet’s grandmothers farm and reputation for being the best produce in the area, Scarlet would be lost.  It’s at this point that she crosses paths with Wolf.  He’s quiet and mysterious and you can see from his first introduction in the story, that he has a large role to play.

The relationship between Scarlet and Wolf grows as they spend more time together.  Scarlet starts to trust Wolf little by little, and I think it’s fair to say the progression in their relationship is a little predictable.  However, I don’t really see this as a bad thing.

I really enjoyed the way in which we are reading from the different characters perspectives in this book.  It hasn’t been written in a way that completely separates their view, but at the same time I didn’t find the story to flick too quickly through the characters.  I liked the fact that there may have been, for example, three or four chapters about Scarlet, one chapter about Kai and two chapters about Cinder.  It depended on what was happening to the character at a specific time, as to how much you were reading and I really thought the story flowed at the right pace.

I can’t wait to read Cress as soon as possible, and I will definitely be picking it up when my ‘book buying ban’ ends at the end of April.

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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